Published On: Oct 15 2013 08:37:01 AM EDTUpdated On: Aug 20 2015 10:27:09 AM EDT
"Beverly Hills 90210" and "Charmed" star Shannen Doherty confirmed Wednesday that she has been battling breast cancer since a March diagnosis. The 44-year old actress gave an exclusive statement to People magazine, telling the publication that "I am continuing to eat right, exercise and stay very positive about my life."
Def Leppard guitarist Vivian Campbell, 52, announced two years ago that he was undergoing chemotherapy for Hodgkin lymphoma, which he later said he was in remission. But in a statement released June 20, he said the cancer had returned and as a result he is pulling out of Def Leppard's current tour.
"Cheech & Chong" star Tommy Chong revealed earlier this week that he is battling rectal cancer. The 77-year-old comedian broke the news in an interview with Us Weekly on June 16 and then tweeted about it the following day, saying he now has "to use more marijuana to treat the cancer." Chong also battled stage-one prostate cancer in 2012.
Check out some other celebrities who have battled cancer.
Actress Rita Wilson revealed in a statement to People magazine in April 2015 that she had recently undergone a double mastectomy after being diagnosed with invasive lobular carcinoma, a form of breast cancer.
Former "Good Morning America" host Joan Lunden announced on the program June 24, 2014, that she had been diagnosed with breast cancer. Lunden said the diagnosis came after an ultrasound during her yearly mammogram. The TV journalist is expected to make a full recovery following a lumpectomy and radiation.
Former NBC news anchor Tom Brokaw was diagnosed in February 2014 with multiple myeloma, a cancer affecting blood cells in the bone marrow. Doctors are "optimistic about the progress he is making through treatment," NBC said.
During the summer of 2010, Michael Douglas began undergoing radiation and chemotherapy to treat tongue cancer, although he initially said he had throat cancer to "protect his career" since he could have needed potentially disfiguring surgery. On Jan. 11, 2011, he said in an interview that the tumor was gone, but would need monthly screenings because there is a very high chance the cancer could return within two to three years.
Dustin Hoffman was successfully treated for an undisclosed form of cancer in 2013.
Angelina Jolie revealed in May 14, 2013, op-ed piece in the New York Times that she had undergone a preventive double mastectomy after learning she carries a mutant form of a gene that predisposes her for breast and ovarian cancer.
In June 2013, former Buffalo Bills quarterback Jim Kelly was diagnosed with cancer in his upper jaw bone. The Pro Football Hall of Famer underwent surgery to remove part of his jaw and was declared cancer-free.
In November 2012, Brooke Burke Charvet announced she had thyroid cancer and underwent surgery. She announced on Dec. 12, 2012, that all cancer had been removed.
On April 11, 2012, business magnate Warren Buffett was diagnosed with prostate cancer, for which he completed treatment in September 2012.
Singer Sheryl Crow was diagnosed with early-stage breast cancer in 2006 at the age of 44. She underwent successful surgery and radiation treatment. In November 2011, Crow discovered that she has a meningioma, a kind of brain tumor that is usually benign.
Actor Dennis Hopper died in May 2010 from complications of advanced prostate cancer.
"Dexter" star Michael C. Hall underwent treatment in 2010 after being diagnosed with Hodgkin's lymphoma. The disease is considered highly treatable and the actor's cancer is currently in remission.
In April 2010, tennis legend Martina Navratilova announced she was undergoing treatment for breast cancer. Earlier in the year she had been diagnosed with a ductal carcinoma in situ in her left breast and had the tumour surgically removed before receiving radiation therapy.
In 2010, "Dirty Dancing" star Jennifer Grey underwent surgery to address chronic neck problems. Her surgeon found a suspicious white spot on her thyroid that was later found to be cancerous and removed. Grey, seen here with her father, Oscar-winning "Cabaret" actor Joel Grey, has said she believes the cancer was caught before it metastasized and that she is now cancer-free.
In late 2009, Andrew Lloyd Webber underwent surgery to treat early-stage prostate cancer. In January 2010, he declared he was cancer-free.
Actor Patrick Swayze was diagnosed with stage 4 pancreatic cancer in January 2008. He died of the disease in September 2009.
In 2008, Ewan McGregor had a cancerous mole removed from underneath his right eye.
Actor Robert De Niro was diagnosed with prostate cancer in 2003 at age 60 while he was filming "Hide and Seek." He underwent surgery and had a full recovery.
Soon after filming wrapped on "Battlestar Galactica," Katee Sackhoff was diagnosed with thyroid cancer. After surgery to remove her thyroid, she required no radiation treatments and by February 2009 was in remission.
Rod Stewart underwent surgery in 2000 after he was diagnosed with thyroid cancer. Nine months later, the rocker's voice had fully recovered and he has since said it is "better than ever."
Fran Drescher underwent emergency treatment surgery after she was diagnosed with uterine cancer in 2000.
Actress Christina Applegate was 36 when she discovered she had breast cancer in 2008. She underwent a double mastectomy and was declared cancer-free.
Singer Melissa Etheridge found out she had breast cancer in 2004 at the age of 43 and underwent chemotherapy.
Former first lady Nancy Reagan learned she had breast cancer in 1987. She chose to undergo a mastectomy rather than a lumpectomy and the breast was removed on Oct. 17, 1987.
Melanie Griffith had surgery to remove some early signs of skin cancer from her face in December 2009. The procedure was reportedly performed early enough that future complications should be prevented.
Actress Cynthia Nixon was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2006 at the age of 40. She underwent an operation followed by six-and-a-half weeks of radiation treatment.
Singer Kylie Minogue was 36 years old when she was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2005. She underwent successful chemotherapy.
Apple CEO and co-founder Steve Jobs battled pancreatic cancer in 2004 by undergoing "Whipple surgery," which successfully removed the tumor in his pancreas. His health continued to fail over the following years and he underwent a liver transplant in April 2009. He died on Oct. 5, 2011, due to complications from a relapse of his cancer.
In 2004, James Brown was successfully treated for prostate cancer.
Mandy Patinkin was diagnosed with and treated for prostate cancer in 2004.
In June 2004, Rolling Stones drummer Charlie Watts was diagnosed with throat cancer, despite having quit smoking in the late 1980s, and underwent a course of radiotherapy that sent the cancer into remission.
In September 2004, "Simon & Simon" and "Major Dad" star Gerald McRaney underwent successful surgery for lung cancer.
Actress Edie Falco learned she had breast cancer in 2003 at the age of 40 and underwent chemotherapy treatments.
Eddie Van Halen announced in April 2001 that he had been undergoing treatment for tongue cancer over the previous year, including surgery to remove about a third of his tongue. He was declared cancer-free in May 2002.
Former Yankees manager Joe Torre was diagnosed with America's second most-common cancer, prostate cancer, in 1999. He underwent surgery and was given a clean bill of health.
In October 1996, cyclist Lance Armstrong was diagnosed with testicular cancer that had spread to his stomach, brain and lungs. He underwent immediate surgery and chemotherapy to save his life and eventually had an orchiectomy to remove his diseased testicle. While he was given less than a 40 percent survival rate, he was eventually declared cancer free in February 1997.
Singer and actress Olivia Newton-John was diagnosed with breast cancer in 1992. She recovered and has since become an advocate for breast cancer research and other health issues.
Actress Jaclyn Smith was diagnosed with breast cancer at the age of 56 in 2002.
In 1997, former Beatle George Harrison was diagnosed with throat cancer, and treated with radiotherapy, which was thought at the time to be successful. He died on Nov. 29, 2001, at age 58, from metastatic non-small cell lung cancer.
Sharon Osbourne had surgery for colon cancer that had spread to her lymph nodes in July 2002. While doctors gave her only a 33 percent survival prognosis, she eventually beat the cancer, with much of her battle documented by MTV cameras during the filming of the second season of "The Osbournes." She later had preventative double mastectomy after discovering she had the breast cancer gene.
Actor Richard Roundtree, who starred in "Shaft," was diagnosed with male breast cancer in 1993 and underwent a double mastectomy and chemotherapy.
Actress Diahann Carroll was diagnosed with breast cancer at the age of 63 in 1998 and underwent a lumpectomy and nine weeks of radiation therapy.
Actress Kate Jackson is a two-time breast cancer survivor, having battled the disease in 1987 and 1989.
Former child star Shirley Temple-Black was treated for breast cancer in 1972.
Acting legend John Wayne, a chain-smoker since young adulthood, was diagnosed with lung cancer in 1964. He underwent successful surgery to remove his entire left lung and four ribs and called on the public to get preventative exams. While he was declared cancer-free five years later, he eventually died of stomach cancer on June 11, 1979.
Chef Julia Child was diagnosed with breast cancer in 1968. She had a mastectomy and the cancer did not return.
Kathy Bates successfully battled ovarian cancer after her diagnosis in 2003. In September 2012, she revealed via Twitter that she had been diagnosed with breast cancer two months earlier and had undergone a double mastectomy.
Former "Golden Girls" actress Rue McClanahan was diagnosed with breast cancer in 1997 and was treated successfully. She died from a brain hemorrhage on June 3, 2010.
In January 1993, Pittsburgh Penguins star Mario Lemieux announced he had been diagnosed with Hodgkin's lymphoma. He underwent aggressive radiation treatments and missed two months of the NHL season before returning to the game.
At the age of 3, "Columbo" actor Peter Falk was diagnosed with retinoblastoma, a rare form of eye cancer that must be treated quickly because it develops rapidly. Within two days, his tumor was removed along with his right eye. He used a prosthetic eye for the rest of his life.
DJ Qualls was diagnosed with Hodgkin's lymphoma at age 14, and after two years of treatment, his cancer went into remission.
Comedian and talk show host Tom Green was diagnosed with testicular cancer in early 2000 and underwent successful surgery. He documented the time leading up to his surgery in an MTV special titled "The Tom Green Cancer Special" and also started a charity, Tom Green's Nuts Cancer Fund, to raise money for cancer research.
Comedian and actress Gilda Radner died of ovarian cancer on May 20, 1989, at the age of 42. Radner's husband, fellow actor Gene Wilder, was himself hospitalized with non-Hodgkin lymphoma in 1999, but announced in March 2005 that his cancer was in complete remission following chemotherapy and a stem cell transplant.
Scott Hamilton, who dominated figure skating in the early 1980s and won a gold medal at the 1984 Winter Olympics, had a much-publicized battle with testicular cancer in 1997. He returned to skating after a successful treatment.
Comedian and actor Richard Belzer survived a bout with testicular cancer in 1983. He later named his HBO special and comedy album "Another Lone Nut" in reference to both his cancer treatment and his reputation as a well-known conspiracy theorist.